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Mastering Boundaries Workshop

Mastering Boundaries Workshop

Mastering Boundaries: Empowering Dog Owners to Advocate for Their Dogs on the Trails and Beyond

Sick of unwanted encounters with off-leash dogs in public spaces or on trails, but struggle to effectively communicate boundaries or manage the situation?

Spend a weekend with Abbie Leland of Red Dirt Dog Training and Jen Sotolongo of Long Haul Trekkers in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge. We’ll give you the skills and confidence to create boundaries for your dog around strangers and off-leash dogs.

June 10-11, 2023
NWB Dogs 110 N Maple Street Bingen, WA

$397 working spot | $197 audit


Does this sound like you?

  • You schedule your walks and hikes at odd hours of the day in order to avoid interactions with other dogs and their owners.
  • You avoid hikes altogether because you just don’t want to to deal with all the “friendly” dogs you will inevitably encounter.
  • You know that your dog doesn’t enjoy greetings from strange dogs and people, but you don’t know how to tell people no.
  • You panic every time a random dog rushes you on the trail because your dog is reactive.
  • Bringing your dog to your favorite brewery is stressful because of all the other dogs and people who want to say hi to your dog.

We’ve got you.

By the end of the weekend, you’ll be an advocating, boundary-setting machine.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

The Art of Saying No

Saying no to people who want to approach your dog can be really uncomfortable. We’ll teach you how to set boundaries without feeling like an a$$hole.

How to Deter and Fend off Off-leash Dogs (and their owners)

We’ll set you up with a plan of defense for the inevitable encounter that you can practice until it becomes muscle memory.

Teach Your Dog an Auto-recall

Learn the body language cues your dog displays when they see another dog or person ahead on the trail and teach them to come back automatically.

What else is included?

  • One group lunch to practice patio skills with our dogs
  • Safe mock practice building skills and confidence
  • Real-world practice advocating for your dog’s space on trails
  • Tips for identifying dog body language and scanning the scene for dogs and people ahead
  • Spacial distancing exercises as a pack

Meet Your Workshop Hosts!


Jen Sotolongo is the founder of the popular adventure dog blog Long Haul Trekkers, the author of The Essential Guide to Hiking with Dogs, and trainer at NWB Dogs.

She is a native of the Pacific Northwest, and lives in Portland, Oregon with her red heeler mix, Sitka, where you can likely find them training for some absurdly long trail race. 

When she’s not running, she enjoys camping, hiking, and roadtripping, always with Sitka in tow.


Abbie Leland is a Certified Canine Trainer & Behavior Specialist and the owner of Red Dirt Dog Training, LLC, located in Corvallis, Oregon. 

She enjoys hiking, van camping and exploring throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond with her partner and their four herding dogs. 

When she’s not out adventuring, Abbie can be found at home cooking up a new recipe in the kitchen, clicker training with her cats, or enjoying a beer on the front porch swing.

Mastering Boundaries Details


Two full days of hands-on practice to learn how to safely and effectively communicate boundaries and advocate for your dog on the trails and beyond.


Saturday and Sunday June 10-11, 2023
9am to 4pm


The workshop is limited to 10 working spots, one dog per human and five audit spots. Open to past clients, including NWB Dogs, and other equivalent balanced training programs.


NWB Dogs
110 N Maple Street
Bingen, WA

Bingen is located in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge, just over an hour from Portland, across from Hood River.

Need a place to stay overnight? Here are a few suggestions:

A Few Notes

  • One lunch is included, coffee will be provided
  • Dogs must be crated during sessions that do not involve dogs. You must bring your own crate.
  • Dogs will not physically interact or meet.
  • Dogs must always be leashed and under control of the owner.


$397 per working spot (limited to 10)

$197 per audit spot (limited to 5)

Payments are non-refundable

Ready to become an empowered dog owner with us?